• Earthquake

    Earthquake

    ★★★★

    I love 70s disaster movies. This one hits the perfect blend of impressive practical effects and total camp. The first half is dedicated to introducing the audience to a bunch of characters that are mildly identifiable, but more importantly introducing us to all of the set pieces they’re going to later destroy. The second half is earthquake and fallout and it’s very fun. Walter Matthau is in this as an uncredited drunk, and he doesn’t even really have lines, but…

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    I’ve seen modern episodes of The Simpsons that were less tired and heartless than this. Truly impressive.

  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★

    This movie is what you’d get if Nomadlamd was three hours long and starring teens traveling around the country selling magazine subscriptions. There’s something about it that worked though. It looks pretty and feels very natural. It’s a slice of life done well. Not for everyone, but I’ll give it a thumbs up.

  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    ★★★★

    This movie was certainly a bit schmaltzy, but it had so much heart that it worked well for me. It’s a feel good movie about race relations from the 1960s, which alone is impressive. While the characters aren’t particularly complex, a lot of their individual arcs are. The performances are great. It’s a comedy in the sense that it’s light, more so than because it’s funny. I may not have laughed very much, but I certainly smiled a lot while watching it. I think that counts for something.

  • Men at Work

    Men at Work

    ★★★

    This was a lot sillier than what I was expecting it to be, but it was a good time. Keith David is the MVP of this movie, as he was consistently the funniest person on screen. Interesting for a guy who's not really known for comedy. There's plenty of hit and miss here. The plot is based on a series of unlikely coincidences. But who the hell cares? Shut up and enjoy the ride.

  • Ski School

    Ski School

    ★★★★

    This movie barely makes sense, but I don't care. It's just so damn fun and seems endlessly quotable. Animal House at a ski resort? Yes please.

  • The Shadow

    The Shadow

    ★★

    This reeks of a studio throwing a ton of money behind a random old comic book they don't understand after the success of the Tim Burton Batman movies. It's a weird old property. It can't decide on a tone. Baldwin is a strange hero, because he frequently comes off as a villain. The pacing rotated between being too slow and too fast. I'll give the movie credit for having some cool visual effects and a great Tim Curry performance. Other than that, not much worked for me.

  • The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild

    ★★★

    Total mixed bag. I think this was a decent enough family film, even if it pretty much abandons all of the themes of the source material. The CGI looked great sometimes and at others it looked like the disturbing lovechild of the Bill Murray Garfield movies and White Fang. Harrison Ford was sometimes having fun and sometimes sleepwalking through his scenes to collect his paycheck. I'll take it.

  • Klute

    Klute

    ★★★

    There’s a wonderful character piece hidden in this slow and unimpressive thriller. I was shocked to see such a nuanced portrayal of a sex worker in the early 1970s. Jane Fonda is absolutely incredible. Also there were some good side performances here and there. I found it rather enjoyable, even if it wasn’t what I was expecting.

  • The Last Castle

    The Last Castle

    ★★★★

    A battle of wits between Robert Redford and James Gandolfini is every bit as compelling as it sounds. Redford plays his normal type perfectly and Gandolfini goes so drastically against his type that it’s yet another impressive notch on his resume.

  • Kingdom of Heaven

    Kingdom of Heaven

    ★★

    Apparently the Directors Cut fills in a lot of the blanks I had while trying to follow this movie. Maybe I’ll watch that sometime when I have a spare three hours. As is, I thought Orlando Bloom was a weak lead and the pacing was pretty slow, but some of the battle scenes were cool. This isn’t my favorite type of movie, and I’ve seen many of its kind that are much better. So meh.

  • Matinee

    Matinee

    ★★★

    I enjoyed this. It's a bit busy, combining a homage to B-movie directors with a coming of age story during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Elements are certainly rushed, and a lot of the desired themes fell short for me. That said, it's also quite funny and there's a certain innocence about it that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. Plus John Goodman delivers, as always.